Broken Heart Hurts Physically

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The neuroscientists from Columbia University (USA) found out that unrequited love is painful in a literal, physiological sense.

Man in pain

Studies have shown: when we experience a break-up with our beloved one, any recollection of him or her or a glance at his/her photograph activates the same areas in the brain as in the moment we experience severe physical pain. Moreover, the effect applies not only to lovers but also to all the close people who rejected us: parents, friends, family members …

To ease the pain, the researchers recommend breathing exercises and psychotherapy, as well as socializing with friends and family. The latter are advised by the scientists to treat someone who is living through an unhappy love or a loss of a friend carefully and thoughtfully, as if he or she were seriously ill or injured. In fact, it’s true.

Source of the image: Photl.

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